Reverse sequence numbering problem


M

Mark

We have Peachtree Premium Accounting 2004, and we recently switched from a
line printer with tractor feed to an HP ink jet printer for printing checks
(which are preprinted with a sequence number). As we print the checks, we
also print the check number on them, so it is very important to us to make
sure that we are printing the same check
number on the same numbered check (as I mentioned, they are preprinted with
check numbers on them). Thinking Peachtree would print from first check to
last check when printing checks, as it did with the line printer, we put the
checks in the ink jet printer with the first one on top, and surprise
surprise? Peachtree printed the last check first, second to last check
next, and so on. I could not believe it. We are using the same form, only
a different printer. We are telling Peachtree to start at the first check.
Why is Peachtree doing this now? Is there a way to override it? Can I stop
this reverse numbering? As it is now, this presents a problem because we
have to have the exact correct number of checks in the printer or else
everything gets messed up. We would rather if Peachtree would print from
first to last. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Mark
 
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T

Tom

Mark said:
We have Peachtree Premium Accounting 2004, and we recently switched from a
line printer with tractor feed to an HP ink jet printer for printing
checks
(which are preprinted with a sequence number). As we print the checks, we
also print the check number on them, so it is very important to us to make
sure that we are printing the same check
number on the same numbered check (as I mentioned, they are preprinted
with
check numbers on them). Thinking Peachtree would print from first check
to
last check when printing checks, as it did with the line printer, we put
the
checks in the ink jet printer with the first one on top, and surprise
surprise? Peachtree printed the last check first, second to last check
next, and so on. I could not believe it. We are using the same form,
only
a different printer. We are telling Peachtree to start at the first
check.
Why is Peachtree doing this now? Is there a way to override it? Can I
stop
this reverse numbering? As it is now, this presents a problem because we
have to have the exact correct number of checks in the printer or else
everything gets messed up. We would rather if Peachtree would print from
first to last. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Mark
Check to see if the "reverse order printing" is checked on the printer's
print properties.
 
B

Bill

You may need to resort your blank checks in reverse order. Next time
you order more checks you can specify that come presorted in reverse
order
 
C

Chad A. Gross [SBS MVP]

Hi Mark -

You're using Windows XP, right? This behavior is by design, but can be
somewhat confusing for certain models of HP DeskJet printers. If you go
into the properties for this printer, you will see a check box for reverse
print order (or page output - or something to that effect). By default,
this checkbox is going to be unchecked. Check this box and reprint your
checks on plain paper to verify they're printing in the correct order.

What is confusing is that this setting on certain DeskJet models controls
the OUTPUT order, not the print order. If you select the default
Front-to-Back output order, the checks will print in reverse order (last
check number first). But you'll notice that when it is finished printing,
the stack of checks are in Front-to-Back order (e.g. the first check number
is on the top of the stack - and the last check number is on the bottom).
By selecting the non-default Back-to-Front output order, this will reverse
the output, so when you pick up your stack of checks, the first check is on
the bottom and the last check is on the top - but the first check prints
first as you want it to.

Now, if you were using a laser printer where the pages come out of the
printer face down, then the print order is the same as the output order -
the first item printed is at the top of the stack when you look at the stack
face up. But with inkjet printers where the pages come out face up, the
output order is opposite from the print order - because the first item
printed is at the bottom of the stack when you look at the stack face up . .
.. Make sense?

--

Chad A. Gross - SBS MVP
SBS ROCKS!

www.msmvps.com/cgross
www.gosbs.org
 
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M

Mark

Thank you Tom, Bill, and Chad. It was as you said. In the printer
properties is an option to print Back to Front, which we have now selected,
and it makes sense now that what this refers to is the final output, not how
it prints the checks. Very interesting and confusing. We are in great
shape now. Peachtree should reference this on the Knowledge Base (which is
rather sparse I think). I would not have solved this problem if it had not
been for this group.

Thanks again,

Mark
 

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